Music, we hear it everyday and everywhere. As the dictionary defines, “Music – an art of sound in time that expresses ideas and emotions in significant forms through the elements of rhythm, melody, harmony, and colour”. Music is a glorious orchestration of sounds that is so deep- rooted and nobody can quite point a finger at the historical timeline to say where it all began. The earliest forms of music were probably drum-based, percussion instruments like rocks and sticks used by caveman. These simplest instruments were thought to have been used in religious ceremonies. Some historians believe there were some significant references back when you drive down the 3rd century A.D. From circa 1420 to 1600, the Renaissance was a period of great cultural awakening and a flowering of the arts, letters, and sciences throughout Europe. Down the trail of musical history, I would like to drive you back in time, when the French Impressionism was at it’s peak during the 19th century. This bridge called Impressionism which was originally a painting movement that influenced the contemporary era of music too. The era gave rise to the twentieth century culture that bore influences of art and literature in an atomic age. The music composers of the age experimented with electronic music especially used elements of jazz and rock, characterised by dissonant harmonies, complex rhythms, percussiveness, greater use of woodwind and brass.
If Impressionism was the sole reason that contemporary music made it’s footprint across the globe, how did it all begin in India? The crown of Indian culture adorns the glittering gem called Music. The history of Indian music can be dissected into three main periods — Ancient, Medieval and Modern. Indian fusion music came into being with rock and roll fusions our original music in the 1960s and 1970s. Pt. Ravi Shankar one of the best-known exponents in Sitar, was the first who began fusing jazz with Indian traditions along with Bud Shank, a jazz musician.
Fusion music has had its own flavour and audience since its inception in India. Globally the digital era and the technological advancement has only brought people farflung to collaborate in every field. Music is no exception, fusion music is now a genre by itself. Are you a musician? Let us know what you think about fusion music and your collaborative experiences.